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Long-missing radio-monitored elk found

CALM LAKE, Wis., March 13 (UPI) -- The first radio-collared wild elk born in Wisconsin has been found after a decade-long disappearance.


Elk cow No. 26 became Wisconsin's first radio-collared wild elk calf in the Calm Lake herd founded in 1995, but went missing in 1998 when her collar broke off, the Madison (Wis.) Capital Times reported Wednesday.

"It is great to know she is still alive, but (it's) a mystery as to where she's been keeping herself," Department of Natural Resources biologist Laine Stowell said.

Wildlife experts reportedly are in the process of putting radio collars on elk around Calm Lake in conjunction with the DNR's continued observation of the herd.

DNR experts, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Calm Lake-area volunteers gather each winter to collar elk and monitor their health, the Times reported.

Three Cleveland candidates have records


CLEVELAND, March 12 (UPI) -- Half of the six candidates seeking a Cleveland City Council seat have criminal records -- including one whose murder conviction bars him from holding office.

John Boyd, 50, is prohibited by state law from taking office because he was convicted of murder in 1973 and several additional felonies in the 1980s and '90s, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported Wednesday.

"I have not encountered anyone who has told me I can't run," Boyd said. He said he has dedicated his life to inspiring troubles teenagers.

Fellow candidates Yvonne Grimes, 57, and Ernest Turner, 57, also have criminal records. Grimes pleaded guilty in 2005 to misdemeanor charges of attempted forgery and theft of less than $500, while Turner was convicted on a misdemeanor drug charge in 1986.

Meanwhile, interim Councilwoman Mamie Mitchell, who is also seeking the seat, recently said her campaign has hit financial trouble and she may declare bankruptcy.

"Even Donald Trump has been bankrupt," Mitchell said. "I don't think I'm any different than any of my constituents. We all have our trials and tribulations."

Honor student suspended for buying candy

NEW HAVEN, Conn., March 12 (UPI) -- A New Haven, Conn., eighth-grader was suspended from school and stripped of his class vice president title for buying a bag of Skittles at school.


Sheridan Communications and Technology Middle School handed down the punishment in accordance with a 2003 New Haven school system policy banning all candy sales in schools as part of the district wellness policy, the New Haven Register reported Wednesday.

Michael Sheridan 's suspension was reduced from three days to one, but his mother said she still believes the punishment is too severe for the crime of purchasing candy from another student in the hallway.

"It's too much. It's too unfair," Shelli Sheridan said. "He's never even had a detention."

However, the district said it has been very clear about its policy toward candy sales on school grounds.

"There are no candy sales allowed in schools, period," said school spokeswoman Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo.

Amendment would have saved plumber pants

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 12 (UPI) -- A pair of Florida state senators briefly attempted to amend a bill barring students from wearing baggy pants to create an exception for plumbing students.

Sens. Dave Aronberg, D-27th District, and Carey Baker, R-20th District, submitted an amendment to the bill sponsored by Sen. Gary Siplin, D-19th District, that would exempt plumbing students from rules barring students from wearing their pants too low, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported Wednesday.


"For some, it's a sign of quality … a good housekeeping seal of approval. For some others it's a sign of a job well done," Aronberg said. "This only opens the door just a little crack."

Baker added that wearing tight pants could be a health issue for plumbers that could lead to "gastro-intestinal distress, hypertension and even stroke."

The amendment was withdrawn.

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